VE Day 75

JOY AND RELIEF

HOPE AND WORLD PEACE

  

On 8 May 2020 we shall commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  This was victory in Europe day but it was not the end of World War 2.  That occurred some months later, on 15 August 1945 when Japan surrendered.

On 8 June 1946, all school children received a document from King George VI with a victory celebration message relating to these victories.  Although I have only vague memories of VE Day, I was given the King’s document as I had been at school for some time.  How I received it, I do not know but it was given a pride of place on a wall in my grandmother’s house.  This was my home at the time, with my mother, as my father was serving in the Forces.  It remained in my grandmother’s home until she moved to live with us in her later years.  I suppose she must have brought the document with her.  The words must have meant something special to her being of ‘joy and relief’ and a message of ‘hope and world peace’.

I have very vague recollections of WW2, apart from the bright lights in the night sky during the bombing and the damp cold of the Anderson air raid shelters.  The generations of my parents and grandmother seldom mentioned the war and I think this document clearly expresses the feelings of those generations.

(Thanks to Robert Daniel, Warmington)


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